Atlanta VA director Annette P. Walker remains in her post.
Temporary staff changes are typical during an investigation, said Division 7 spokeswoman Paige Fluker.
“We want to find out what’s going on so we can begin rectifying any challenges we’re having,” Fluker said. Many of these staffers may return to their former positions once the investigation is completed.
The Atlanta VA has experienced a series of troubles this year. Inspectors discovered more than one ton of hazardous waste packed floor to ceiling in unsafe conditions, according to a state Environmental Protection Division enforcement order signed Sept. 25. The medical center agreed to pay the state agency $13,600.
A Sept. 13 report by the VA's Office of Inspector General found that the Women Veterans Health Program failed to complete mammograms for 42 patients over nearly three years. Another found that the Atlanta VA had the worst staffing shortages in the country.